Sanford World Clinic Ghana
In 2011, Sanford announced that it would initiate World Clinic development on the continent of Africa in the country of Ghana by funding the construction and operation of a 10-clinic network to be completed within four years. The network infrastructure alone represents a $5 million investment. Sanford’s model in Ghana includes hub, spoke, and micro clinic facilities sized to meet the specific needs of individual communities. Each clinic provides general health care services to area children and adults and includes the diagnosis and treatment of common illnesses in the region, especially malaria, diarrhea and respiratory health issues, as well access to laboratory testing and necessary medications. These services are provided by physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals.
In Ghana, Sanford has incorporated a wholly-owned subsidiary company limited by guarantee under the laws of Ghana (Sanford World Clinics–Ghana) to construct, own and operate the Ghana clinics. Sanford World Clinics–Ghana has received a certificate of recognition as a Non-Government Organization (“NGO”). In addition, Sanford World Clinics–Ghana has worked with the Ghanaian Ministry of Health and the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to receive accreditation for its services by NHIS.
On January 1, 2012, the first Sanford World Clinic opened in Cape Coast (a hub), and currently sees over 1,300 patients per week at that site. Throughout 2012, the second, third and fourth clinics opened in the communities of Kojokrom (a micro clinic), Adenta (a spoke), and Mankessim (spoke). Sanford will open its fifth clinic in the community of Kasoa in Summer 2013. Sanford World Clinics–Ghana currently employs more than 60 Ghana staff. By Summer 2013, when the fifth clinic location opens, Sanford World Clinics–Ghana will have a capacity for staffing more than 145 individuals and have the ability to see approximately 400,000 patient visits on an annual basis.